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September 28, 2022

ABA Tax Section biography on Judge Vasquez wins medal at 2022 International Latino Book Awards

WASHINGTON, Sept. 28, 2022 — The American Bar Association Section of Taxation is proud to announce that “From the Texas Cotton Fields to the United States Tax Court: The Life Journey of Juan F. Vasquez” has won a silver medal in the category of Best Biography, English Language at the 2022 International Latino Book Awards.

The inspirational story of Juan F. Vasquez, the first Hispanic American appointed to the United States Tax Court, depicts his journey surmounting numerous challenges such as poverty, manual labor and discrimination. It explores his pursuit of education to build, with the support of family, friends and mentors, a professional career serving family, community, taxpayers and the tax system.

“The Section of Taxation has been honored to publish Judge Juan Vasquez’s biography. This recognition by the 2022 International Latino Book Awards underscores the section’s commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion,” said C. Wells Hall III, ABA Section of Taxation chair.

“We are so honored that Terry Vasquez decided to publish this extraordinary biography with us. Judge Vasquez is not only a pioneer: He is a deeply respected jurist who exemplifies the best of the tax profession. We celebrate this well-deserved award from the International Latino Book Awards,” said Roberta Mann, ABA Section of Taxation vice chair, publications.

The section celebrates Judge Vasquez and National Hispanic Heritage Month with a special 15% discount on the paperback version.

The ABA Section of Taxation is the largest professional association of tax lawyers, with approximately 12,000 members nationwide. Its goals include helping taxpayers better understand their rights and obligations under the tax laws and working to achieve a simplified tax system that is equitable and efficient.

The ABA is the largest voluntary association of lawyers in the world. As the national voice of the legal profession, the ABA works to improve the administration of justice, promotes programs that assist lawyers and judges in their work, accredits law schools, provides continuing legal education, and works to build public understanding around the world of the importance of the rule of law.